Huawei's Kirin chipsets have not been in limelight due to the lag in its performance. The Kirin lineup lacked graphics of their own and relied on ARM technology to do the job and as a result, missed out in the performance arena. The likes of Qualcomm and Intel had their own graphics and as a result, Kirin chipsets got restricted to Huawei devices only.
But things are about see a change with the new next generation Kirin SoCs seeing the light of the day in near future. You might think that this won't affect you as you were not planning on buying a Huawei flagship device in future, but the rumor has it, that Huawei might be the manufacturer of the next Nexus smartphone. As it plans on going mainstream, the importance of the upcoming chipsets witness a jump too.
Huawei is currently working on three new SoCs, namely Kiri 930, 940 and 950. The details about these had been leaked on to the web. We all have heard about the Kirin 930 since it is present in the P8 and MediaPad X2, but it will get upgraded soon and that is why it has made it to the list.
The Kirin 930 has four Cortex A53 cores and four A57 ones coupled with an ARM Mali T628. It has a support for camera sensors up to 32MP and 1080p video recording. But the most significant feature that the lineup is about to get is the always-on dedicated sensor co-processor. The Kirin 930 has it with the moniker i3 and it will be replaced by the i5. It would enable improved connectivity, continuous measurements and better security.
The Kirin 940 will get four Cortex A53 and four Cortex A72 cores alongside the support for LPDDR4 memory, DUAL ISP with 4K video encoding and Mali T860 for bumping up the graphics department. It will get the i7 sensor co-processor, which would be a step up from the i5. The Kirin 950 will add support for better camera, better LTE speeds (Cat.10) and a Mali T880 GPU will be present to take care of the graphic needs. It will also feature an i7 sensor co-processor.
The SoCs will be launched this year itself and will break cover in Q2, Q3 and Q4 respectively.